The Washington Times - May 16, 2009, 12:35PM

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Just wrapped up the first quarter at Hofstra, where Syracuse holds a 3-0 lead and look like its way to its 25th final four in 27 years.

Maryland, meanwhile, has lost goalie Brian Phipps to a freaky left knee injury. The junior, who was making his third straight start, landed funny while while coming down from following a high shot. It’s 10 minutes later and he’s still getting worked on at the trainer’s table on the sideline.

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Jason Carter, who has saved 49.5 percent of the shots he’s faced, is in and yielded a goal on the first shot he saw.

So far, Kenny Nims looks like the best player on the field for the Cuse. He has a goal and an assist, and has made Maryland’s Max Schmidt look a step slow on a couple occasions.

Meanwhile, Syracuse’s goalie change has worked out fine so far. Al Cavalieri has a few saves and has yet to allow a goal.

– Patrick Stevens